Our random reactor generator gives you a random reactor idea. It uses a few acronyms. This page explains them.
Most coolants are self-explanatory but there are a few things worth mentioning:
Coolants can additionally in any phase depending on their temperature and pressure. So we include solid, liquid, gas, and plasma forms of al coolants. Technically we could do this to moderators and fuel as well but we chose not to.
The fuel forms are fairly well-known, but we used some acronyms in the type of fuel:
There are currently 3,855,600 different reactor concepts in the database. If you want to see them all printed out, download this giant zip file.
This is kind of a tongue-in-cheek hat-tip to a common misconception of nuclear amateurs who think that a reactor idea alone is a big part of improving nuclear energy’s service to humanity. In reality, reactor concept ideas are a dime a dozen, while developing and deploying reactors is the challenging part. Innovations and advances in reactor design process, reactor construction, and reactor operation are needed vastly more than new reactor concepts.